This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on August 31, 2023.
Some progressives are still optimistic about what Biden has accomplished this year, adding that the track records of federal prosecutors who enforce civil rights law and attorneys who dedicate substantial time to pro bono work deserve more nuanced scrutiny.
And recent nominations like Richard Federico, a federal public defender, to the Denver-based Tenth Circuit, are giving progressive groups, such as Alliance for Justice, hope that Biden isn’t straying from his promise.
“Our position hasn’t changed. We would still like to see fewer nominees that come from the traditional US Attorney’s office and Big Law tracks,” said Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, the Aron senior justice counsel at AFJ.